Bright & Quirky Child Summit

Help bright kids thrive, even with learning, social and/or emotional challenges


If you're raising a child with focus or executive function challenges (planning, organizing, time management, follow through), we know it isn't easy. That's why we're so excited for today's esteemed panel of experts. Learn how to identify your child's stage of change, effective strategies to try before or with medication, an invaluable questioning system, and how to empower your child for success one step at a time when you're trying to impart skills to successfully get through the day.

Session 1: Executive Function: Building the Foundation of Success with a Reluctant Child

Michael Delman, MEd

Michael Delman, founder and CEO of the largest executive function coaching organization in the world, approaches executive function difficulty with an easy kindness and flexibility that truly showcases his ability to level with and understand his students. In this talk, he shares invaluable perspective on prioritizing the different aspects of executive function, addressing excessive video game and screen usage, and coaching a reluctant Bright & Quirky learner through the stages of change. Michael's realism and empathetic approach empower his students to take their learning into their own hands and invest in tailoring their toolkit to suit their needs. This is a must-watch for any parent who's ever worried about how to create buy-in and connection with their 2e child!

Session 2: Powerful Ideas from Integrative Medicine for 2e Kids with ADHD or Autism

Sanford Newmark, MD

Are the brains, guts, and nervous systems of neurodiverse children different than neurotypical children? What are the differences between food sensitivities and food allergies, and how do they affect my child's autism or ADHD? Dr. Sandy Newmark shares his whole-child nutritional and non-pharmaceutical approaches to wellness for children in this fascinating talk. Dr. Sandy shares the three nutrients every child should be tested for to see if they're deficient, as well as recommended supplements that can help ADHD symptoms. He also discusses the importance of good sleep and exercise, and shares his criteria for when pharmacological interventions may be beneficial.

Session 3: Planning Backwards to Move Forward for Executive Function Success

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP

Sometimes you have to plan backwards to move forwards and get things done effectively. In this revelatory talk with Sarah Ward, you will learn that good executive function in our children is far more than the product and output of executive skills. Sarah shares an invaluable questioning system that engages a child's executive planning skills and relationship with time for all parts of their life, not just homework. Utilizing the power of our non-verbal working memory, the ability to "envision" yourself and plan over the course of time is a crucial and teachable skill. It may be the missing link in a child's executive functioning abilities!

Session 4: Pebbles of Positivity: Tackling Executive Function Difficulties One Step at a Time

Seth Perler

According to Seth Perler, the worst thing you can do with a child with executive function difficulties is nothing. In this talk, Seth tells us how to make progress with our child in consistent baby steps, recognizing and reinforcing their successes no matter how minor. The secret, he says, is prioritizing connection and your relationship, regardless of their age.

Session 5: Helping Your Unique Child Find Motivation through their Bigger Purpose

George McCloskey, PhD

Have you ever wondered what the overlap is between executive functions, self-regulation, and self-determination? Let George McCloskey guide you through a process of supporting your child that is centered on them, helps strengthen and clarify their motivations, and helps them see a bigger connection to purpose and the world. Learn what the secret ingredient is to help your child's brain wake up and start setting their own goals. After this talk you will have some new tools for shaping the behavior you want to see and how to walk them through the steps to eventually do it on their own.

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  1. Barbara on March 14, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to hear such powerful speakers. Their insights and ideas will have far reaching results.

    I have watched all three days… and look forward to further looking at their books and resources !

  2. Amanda on March 14, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Wow! A lot of good information the last three days. Today, George really hit the nail for me talking about how to motivate your child. I have a severely dyslexic son who is 11 years old and is at that age where he’s realized he can be self-discipline but really doesn’t know how to go about doing that. The techniques he mentioned are great and I really never thought about it this way. I will definitely try these techniques. And also, great talk surrounding the IEPs. I always have struggled with IEPs and how to figure out if they are actually helping my son. But now realizing that he needs to be self-regulating the things in this IEP, really makes me look at IEPs in a whole different way.

    • Lauren on March 14, 2020 at 7:36 pm

      So glad you got so much from George’s talk. I hope you are able to have some of these things integrated into your son’s IEP!
      -Lauren with the B&Q Team

  3. Signe on March 14, 2020 at 9:45 am

    I just watched dr. Newmark’s talk and I felt like all of these lose pieces of the puzzle that were floating around started fitting together. I have been reluctant to officially go with an ADHD diagnosis for my oldest son because there are so many other things playing in to it as well for him; sensory sensitivities, anxiety, processing speed, being a highly visual spatial learner, slight CI issues and the FOOD sensitivities! This was such a helpful talk to help bring that into focus for me. Thank you!

  4. Kate Lasley on March 14, 2020 at 9:23 am

    I can not get the videos to play

    • Lauren on March 14, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      Hi Kate – Please reach out to for technical help. Our concierge Lisa can walk you through some troubleshooting.

  5. Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on March 14, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Good morning! Let us know what’s percolating for you today. These speakers share so many actionable insights and strategies. Enjoy!

    • Jen on March 15, 2020 at 7:40 am

      Until my younger elementary aged daughter was diagnosed with ASD-1 and ADHD inattentive type, it never occurred to me that I myself have some poorly developed executive functioning skills. Both of us are highly verbal, extroverted, with above average IQ and processing speed. In me, I think these strengths have masked weaknesses such as judging time to do tasks, getting and staying organized, decluttering, and more. I appreciate the insights of Sarah Ward and Seth Perler in particular and hope to improve both my daughter’s and my executive functioning over the coming years.

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